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San Juan River Expedition


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The Desert Botanical Garden’s Education Department and Grand Canyon Youth are partnering to provide an exciting 8 day expedition into the San Juan River ecosystem.  Valley teens and teachers will sleep under the stars and explore what the natural world has to offer.  

This expedition will take teens and teachers hiking through canyons, playing in waterfalls, and camping under the stars as they spend 7 days river rafting, collecting field research, and preparing for the teen’s formal project presentation in August.   

Starting high school sophomores to seniors for the 2011-2012 school year will explore the ecosystem and experience hands-on science while learning about the natural history of the area.  Teens will develop their research skills, learn how to white water raft, work as a team, and make friends!  Research project topics include photography, plant science, archeology, astronomy, literature, filmmaking, or geology just to name a few!

This experience also takes teachers of any grade level out of the classroom and into nature as they learn hands-on field experience and act as mentors to teenage participants.  Teachers are also encouraged to earn professional development credit through the Garden by completing their own project on the river and presenting it to their own schools upon their return.  

Join us for a truly unique expedition!







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